House Bill 885 involves transactions by second-hand dealers and secondary metal recyclers, according to a news release. The bill establishes a list of items more likely to be stolen and requires a greater proof of ownership. Transactions on items such as manhole covers, street signs, copper coils and stainless steel beer kegs must be paid by check mailed to the address on the identification or through electronic payment.
The law also establishes a stringent statewide handling framework, avoiding a patchwork of local regulation. The aim is to reduce the incentive to steal materials in one jurisdiction and to attempt to sell it in another with a lower standard.
The new law also requires daily electronic reporting by secondary metals recyclers to local law enforcement of all transactions. It sets the hours of operation for secondary metals recyclers.
The recycling industry collaborated with law enforcement, local governments and the business community to help the Floridians for Copper & Metal Crime Prevention Coalition work to pass the bill, said Keyna Cory, coordinator for the coalition.